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You Are A Lawyer is an interview podcast that promotes lawyers with fearless career changes, ambitious side hustles, and extraordinary lives. On this top-rated podcast, Kyla holds space for lawyers to be transparent and honest about their law school experiences, transitions out of the law, or the leaps they took to become a filmmaker, yogi, beauty brand founder, entrepreneur, etc. Ranked at 42 of the Top 90 Legal Podcasts, this podcast will motivate you to start that side hustle, challenge y ...
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Choose Your Next Yes! Change Careers, Midlife Woman, Empty Nester, Mindset, Life After Forty, Life After Fifty, Decision Making

Dr. Mel Vandevort - Career Coach, Midlife Mastery Coach, Woman Entrepreneur, Empowering Woman

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*Are you in a new midlife or empty nest season of your life? *Are you a professional woman searching for clarity about a career switch? *Do you need the courage to start your own business? *Are you a Christian ready to confidently follow God's plan for your life and career? Welcome to Choose Your Next Yes! Hi Kindred. I'm Mel, a professional midlife woman, mom of grown-ups, coffee, and Jesus lover. I have had a lot of big, life changes and I haven’t always been clear about God’s plan ...
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Repurpose Your Career podcast brought to you by Career Pivot is a podcast for those of us in the 2nd half of life to come together to discuss how repurpose our careers for the 21st century. Come listen to career experts give you proven strategies, listen to people like you tell their stories on how they repurposed their careers and finally get your questions answered. Your host, Marc Miller, has made six career pivots over the last 30 years. He understands this is not about jumping out of th ...
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Are you stuck because fear is the comfort zone that keeps you from moving forward? Ever wondered how many opportunities you've missed because of doubt or fear? 🤔 Don't let uncertainty hold you back from seizing the chances that come your way. Take action, even if it doesn't seem like a clear 'yes'. You never know what blessings may follow when you …
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Karl Seelbach, lawyer and the founder of Skribe.ai, a legal tech company joins us for episode 129 of the You Are a Lawyer podcast. Karl explains how Skribe.ai offers attorneys a more efficient and cost-effective way to capture legal testimony, such as depositions, using AI and software solutions. The platform allows attorneys to easily access video…
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Uncover the transformative power of purpose-driven entrepreneurship and reclaim your aspirations and talents. Today I speak to life the significance of aligning your business endeavors with your personal passions and values. We explore how purpose-driven entrepreneurship offers you a pathway to redefine your identity, contribute meaningfully to the…
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Jaya Saxena, a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) professional, shares her personal journey and experiences in this podcast episode. From her interdisciplinary education to her work in law firms and law schools, Jaya discusses the importance of DEI and how it can have a direct impact on individuals' lived experiences. She also offers valuable a…
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Marina Carrier, sharing a compelling journey of resilience and faith. She reflects on a pivotal moment in her life when she faced betrayal, exhaustion, and a crisis of faith. Struggling to make wise decisions, she discovered the transformative power of turning to God in moments of despair. As Marina vulnerably recounts her experience of being broug…
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Today, we have the incredible Kimberley Day sharing her journey from being a financial advisor for over 13 years to becoming a successful author and business strategist. Kimberley faced the challenges of the income roller coaster and imposter syndrome, but she discovered the transformative power of writing a book. Kim is the Award Winning Author of…
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Theresa Phillips is a lawyer and artist who has found a passion for painting and creating vibrant, textured artwork. In this episode of You Are A Lawyer, Theresa shares her journey of self-discovery, from cutting her hair and embracing her artistic side to starting her own business and taking on commissioned pieces. She discusses the intersection o…
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Sheila M. Wilkinson is a lawyer, social worker, consultant, and career transition coach. Sheila also talks about her mission to help lawyers make aligned decisions, set boundaries, and focus on what they truly want to do rather than what they think they should do. She believes in reconnecting the intellectual self with the emotional self and offers…
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Today, I'm talking all about networking. We're going to explore the importance of building those meaningful connections, seeking out opportunities for growth, sharing our own expertise, and advancing our own career or business through professional learning. 10 Tips to Network Your Way to Success Ladies, are you in a new season of your life? Feeling…
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Sheila M. Wilkinson is a social worker, lawyer, career transition coach, and podcaster who spends half the year in Brussels, Belgium, and half the year in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her life is centered on taking risks, rejecting boring careers, and people-pleasing. In this episode, Sheila emphasizes the importance of connecting with people and offers…
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Today we're on the road to R.E.A.L.I.Z.E, a blueprint designed to align your passions, skills, and knowledge with God's divine plan for your life. Picture it as your personal journey, where you reflect on God's character, explore the desires of you heart, and assess the unique gifts. Through this episode, you'll be equipped to look for alignment, i…
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Rho Thomas, a money coach and lawyer based in Atlanta, Georgia, shares valuable insights on managing finances and developing a healthy money mindset in this episode. Rho helps lawyers improve their money mindsets and manage their finances effectively. From debunking the belief that money is complicated to discussing the importance of finding inspir…
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Join me today as I explore the remarkable journey of Priscilla Jabouin, a former school teacher who courageously transitioned into a career in counseling psychology. Priscilla shares her 11+ years of experience in career development, focusing on empowering professionals, especially women in their forties, to find fulfillment in their work. Whether …
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Felicia Luck, a registered nurse and CEO of Stars and Stripes Legal Nurse Consulting, joins the podcast to discuss her unique business that serves lawyers and attorneys. With her extensive medical knowledge and experience, Felicia helps attorneys navigate complex medical records, provide expert opinions, and offer valuable insights in cases involvi…
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Are you ready to take bold action and start the business of your dreams? In this episode, we delve into the empowering realm of entrepreneurial endeavors, guiding you through the intricacies of turning your dreams into reality. Discover how your unique insights, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, have the potential to shape a future filled wit…
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Devin Zito, a technology professional and lawyer, shares his unique journey from running his own IT company to becoming the Director of Information Services and Corporate Counsel at Assurance Financial Group. He discusses the intersection of technology and law, the value of legal education in various industries, and the importance of embracing non-…
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Today, we're diving into the fascinating practice of choosing a "Word of the Year" and exploring the reasons behind it. Have you ever wondered why people embrace this tradition and what benefits it can bring to your life? Join me as we explore the why, what, and how of picking a Word of the Year and learn how it can inspire and guide you throughout…
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Victoria Collier, a lawyer and founder of Quid Pro Quo, specializes in helping lawyers buy and sell law firms, as well as coaching law firms on how to build value and become sellable in the future. In this conversation, Victoria shares her journey of selling her own law firm, the importance of education and options in the legal industry, and the po…
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It’s January 1, 2024 and today is the first of 365 amazing opportunities. How will you make this year more awesome than last year? How will you go the extra MILE to Motivate, Inspire, Lead, and Empower others? Ladies, are you in a new season of your life? Feeling like you're stuck in an endless loop of searching but not quite able to make those big…
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Welcome to a transformative episode where we explore the essence of progress—a tangible reflection of your growth mindset. Progress is more than a mere checklist; it's the visible manifestation of your journey towards personal and business success. Just as Proverbs 16:3 advises, committing your efforts leads to the establishment of plans. Today, jo…
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Today, we focus on the heart of perseverance—the unyielding commitment that propels your growth journey. As James 1:12 reminds us, 'Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.' Join me as we discover how perseverance become…
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Erin Potempa-Wall, a lawyer turned beauty brand founder, shares her journey from practicing law to starting her own beauty company. She shares her experiences as a prosecutor and former law firm owner, her passion for equity and civil rights, and how her philosophy background helped shape her advocacy approach. What Can You Do with a Law Degree Aft…
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Welcome to a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Today, we delve into the richness of your untapped potential—an uncharted reservoir waiting to be explored. Together, let's unravel the keys to unlocking this hidden strength and navigating the vast landscape of your unique capabilities. This exploration is your pathway to making transformativ…
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Keith Ligori, managing partner and founder of Ligori & Ligori Law Firm, shares his journey from working in the state attorney's office to building a successful personal injury practice. With a passion for trial advocacy and a dedication to helping clients, Keith discusses the importance of courtroom experience, family members as co-workers, and adv…
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Today, we delve into the universal concept that serves as the guiding force for both personal and professional growth—Purpose. As Proverbs 19:21 reminds us, 'Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.' Join me as we explore how purpose can be the catalyst illuminating the path to your next yes, be it a caree…
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Dan Reilly, the co-founder of Legably, a platform that connects lawyers, paralegals, and law students with short-term freelance opportunities, joins the You Are a Lawyer Podcast this week. Dan shares the story behind Legably's creation, the challenges of introducing freelance platforms to the legal profession, and how the platform revolutionizes ho…
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Update on the progress of the rebrand, my new educational consultancy, and too much hustle. Ladies, are you in a new season of your life? Feeling like you're stuck in an endless loop of searching but not quite able to make those big life decisions? Or maybe you just need that little spark of courage to chase your dreams? Well, if you're ready to ge…
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Sarah Cottrell, founder of the Former Lawyer Podcast, discusses the challenges and identity struggles that lawyers often face, the misconceptions surrounding the legal profession, and the importance of exploring alternative career paths. Sarah shares her journey from practicing law to becoming an entrepreneur and offers valuable insights for lawyer…
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Today, we're diving into a topic that many midlife women can relate to: the evolving relationship with our adult children. As our kids grow up and spread their wings, it's natural for the dynamics to shift. In this episode, we'll explore three tips to help you foster a healthy, fun, and lighthearted connection with your adult children. So, let's ge…
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In today's episode, we'll explore the importance of taking responsibility for your own learning and provide you with practical action steps to empower you on this path. Whether you're a student, professional, or lifelong learner, embracing this mindset can accelerate your growth and unlock your true potential. Let's get started! Ladies, are you in …
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Tramelle Howard, an external relations and policy manager, lawyer, and East Baton Rouge school board member, shares his journey from aspiring sports reporter to advocate for equity in education. He discusses his transition from law school to his current role and offers valuable insights on the importance of public-facing work. Creating Your Career …
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Today, I'm talking about how to avoid failure by ACTing: Acknowledge, Cultivate, and Take Action. Our focus today is on "The Only Way to Fail is Not to Participate," a mantra emphasizing the importance of active engagement. So, settle in, grab your favorite drink, and join me as we explore how Acknowledging our fears, Cultivating a mindset of openn…
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Today, we're diving into 2 Timothy 1:7 with a message that speaks to the hearts of many midlife women like you and me. It's a simple but powerful idea: God didn't give us a spirit of fear, He gave us one filled with strength, love, and clarity. It's a reminder that we all need, especially when we're stuck in seeking our purpose. This is your chance…
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Alyssa Devine, founder of Purple Fox Legal, shares her journey from initially wanting to be a veterinarian to discovering her passion for intellectual property law and entrepreneurship. She advises law students and young lawyers on building relationships, embracing change, and finding the right career fit. The episode highlights the significance of…
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Welcome to a special Thanksgiving edition of Choose Your Next Yes, As we gather around the table of life, we’re going to dive into the acronym 'THANKS', a guide to infuse our celebrations with intentionality. In the spirit of the season, we'll explore tips and actionable steps to trust the divine process, honor our unique journeys, appreciate the G…
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Setting boundaries and being able to pour from a full cup is an important step toward OWNing your time. What question should you ask yourself to also own you time and be productive rather than just busy? In this second part of my conversation with Lissa we talk about all this as well as being intentional in our decision and life choices, and the 3 …
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Daniel Callahan, a highly successful trial lawyer based in California, has a truly remarkable legal career. With a track record of securing massive verdicts and awards, including the second-highest verdict in Orange County history, Dan shares his secrets to success, emphasizing the importance of preparation, creativity, and hard work. We also learn…
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In this episode, my guest host, Lissa Figgins and I are diving into the daily struggles that many of you face. It's that feeling of doing so much throughout the day, yet not being able to pinpoint what truly mattered. The constant focus on what's left undone, the never-ending to-do list that leaves you feeling defeated, especially when it comes to …
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🎙️ Exciting News from Choose Your Next Yes (CYNY)! 🌟 Hey Marvelous Midlife Women! I've got some fantastic news to share from the CYNY family! 🚀 Embark on Your Midlife Mastery Journey with CYNY! At CYNY, we're all about guiding incredible midlife women through the transformative journey of rediscovering their purpose and reclaiming the life they asp…
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Lisa Gill, a business owner, law firm owner, and consultant shares her non-traditional path to law school, her experiences in the legal profession, and her passion for helping small business owners navigate the legal landscape. She also discusses her consultancy, Graygill Consulting, which focuses on empowering women and providing guidance on legal…
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Are you ready to Step into the adventures of midlife transition. Today, I’m talking about what defines a midlife woman and the exciting reasons that ignite your quest for a new purpose where God's guidance takes center stage, leading us toward a fulfilling life transformation. Our compass? Wisdom from Scripture, revealing the everlasting principles…
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In this deep conversation, I had the privilege of discussing the power of intention, gratitude, and self-reflection with Michelle Kinnett. We explored the significance of setting daily intentions, focusing on who God has created us to be, and proactively working toward our unique purpose. We explored how embracing intention, taking small steps, and…
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Kyla Denanyoh shares her motivation for starting the podcast and how her legal education has impacted her career. She discusses the lack of content and conversations surrounding law school graduates who have not passed or chosen not to take the bar exam, and her desire to create a space for these individuals. Kyla also shares her personal journey, …
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In today's engaging conversation, I had the opportunity to discuss the profound impact of affirmations, gratitude, and maintaining a positive mindset with Michelle Kinnett. We underscored the significance of consciously choosing to focus on the positives in life and how this can bring about a remarkable transformation in one's perspective. During o…
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Welcome, fabulous listeners, to a brand new episode that's about to unlock the secrets of mindset like never before. Buckle up, because today we're diving headfirst into the world of mindset transformation. I'm going to peel back the layers, dig deep into your brain's nooks and crannies, and figure out how to turn your thinking from 'Mission: Impos…
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Yasmine Salem Hamdan is a business owner, podcaster, and coach. After law school at Texas A&M, Yasmine started practicing IP and trademark law. In 2020, Yasmine founded Coaches & Company, which has helped more than a thousand entrepreneurs protect their businesses and brands. In this episode, Yasmine emphasizes the importance of being intentional i…
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Today, we're all about bold action. Have you been feeling hesitant or uncertain about the next steps in your life and career? It's time to rise up and embrace your unique purpose. In the inspiring story of Esther, who took bold action to fulfill her God-defined purpose, you’ll discover three powerful strategies to empower your journey. Let's explor…
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In today's discussion, we'll navigate midlife transitions, addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by midlife women seeking their God-defined purpose. Drawing inspiration from Psalm 139:13-16 and Isaiah 40:31, I'll guide you through self-discovery, lifelong learning, mentorship, and more, empowering you to embrace your God-given purpose. …
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Inspired by watching courtroom dramas with her grandmother, Miriam Airington-Fisher discusses her background and lifelong passion for law. From focusing on public defense and criminal law to running her firm and becoming an author and speaker, Miriam has a unique perspective on the legal practice because “moms a lawyer.” In this podcast episode, Mi…
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Hey friend, I want to take a moment to share a profound truth with you, "It's not our abilities that show who we are, it's our choices." As a midlife woman on the path to discovering your God-defined purpose, you've encountered uncertainty and confusion, perhaps questioning your abilities and your place in this world. But I want you to know that yo…
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